12/12/18 6:00am

Bedell Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Though it may not ripen as consistently as merlot, I still find Long Island’s cabernet franc-based wines to be some of the most compelling. It’s especially true when the winemaker steps back and lets the fruit speak for itself rather than covering it up with excessive new oak barrels.

There is a place for smoky, vanilla-tinged red wine, of course, but Long Island’s best cabernet franc typically features far less of an oak footprint, if it has one at all. (more…)

12/08/18 6:00am

Dan Burke and Greg Martin at Long Ireland Brewing Co. on Pulaski Street. (Credit: David Benthal)

In New York State, 2018 was the year of craft beer.

With 400 breweries now operating across the Empire State, the beer boom hit record proportions this year. (more…)

12/07/18 5:55am

Winemaker Gilles Martin and vintners Cynthia and Tom Rosicki at the awards dinner. (Credit: Sparkling Pointe Vineyard & Winery)

It’s time to raise a glass of Sparkling Pointe bubbly.

The Southold winery received the Best in Class Award for its 2015 Topaz Impérial Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine at the recent Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships awards dinner held in London.  (more…)

12/01/18 5:45am

Inside Premium Wine Group in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The pumpkin-picking throngs have subsided. The turkey and stuffing have been eaten (a lot of it, in my case) with some really good wines and we’re squarely in Peconic Bay scallop season. It’s a good time of year — and a good time to check in on this year’s red wine grape harvest. (more…)